Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon, circa August 1829–circa January 1830

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not I would that ye say in your hearts that I give not becase I have not but if I had I would give & now if ye say this in your hearts ye remain guiltless otherwise ye are condemned & your condemnation is just for ye covet that which he <​ye​> have not received & now for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you that is for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day that ye may walk guiltless before God I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor every man according to that which he hath such as feeding the hungry clothing the naked visiting the sick & administering to their relief both spiritually & temporally according to their wants & see that all these things are done in wisdom & order for it is not requisite that a man should run faster then what he hath strength & again it is expediant that he should be diligent that thereby be might win the prise therefore all things must be done in order & I would that ye should remember that whosoever among you that borroweth of his neighbor should return the thing that he borroweth according as he doth agree or else thou shalt commit sin & perhaps thou shalt cause thy neighbour to commit sin also & finally I cannot tell you all the things whereby ye may commit sin for there are divers ways & means even so many that I cannot number them but this much I can tell you that if ye do not watch yourselves & your thoughts & your words & your deeds & observe to keep the commandments of God & continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord even unto the end of your lives ye must perish & now re <​O​> man remember & perish not——
Mosiah, Chapter 3 [Mosiah 5]
Chapter —— And now it came to pass that when King Benjamin had thus spoken to his People he sent among them desireing to know of his People if they believed the words which he had spoken unto them & they all cried with one voice saying yea we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us & also we know of their surety & truth because of the spirit of the Lord omnipotant which hath wrought a mighty chance in us or in our hearts that we have no more disposition to do evil but to do good continually & we ourselves also Know through the infinite goodness of God & the manifestations of his spirit have great views of that which is to come & were it expediant we could prophesy of all things & it is the faith which we have had on the things which our king hath spoken unto us & hath brought us to this great knowledge whereby we do rejoice with such exceding <​great​> joy & we are willing to enter into a covenant with our God to do his will & to be obediant to his commandments in all things that he shall command us all the remainder of our days that we may not bring upon ourselves a neverending torment as has been spoken by the Angel that we may not drink out of the cup of the wrath of God & now these are the words which King Benjamin desired of them & therefore he said unto them ye have spoken the words <​that​> which I desired & the covenant which ye have made is a righteous covenant & [p. 126]
not I would that ye say in your hearts that I give not becase I have not but if I had I would give & now if ye say this in your hearts ye remain guiltless otherwise ye are condemned & your condemnation is just for ye covet that which ye have not received & now for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you that is for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day that ye may walk guiltless before God I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor every man according to that which he hath such as feeding the hungry clothing the naked visiting the sick & administering to their relief both spiritually & temporally according to their wants & see that all these things are done in wisdom & order for it is not requisite that a man should run faster then what he hath strength & again it is expediant that he should be diligent that thereby be might win the prise therefore all things must be done in order & I would that ye should remember that whosoever among you that borroweth of his neighbor should return the thing that he borroweth according as he doth agree or else thou shalt commit sin & perhaps thou shalt cause thy neighbour to commit sin also & finally I cannot tell you all the things whereby ye may commit sin for there are divers ways & means even so many that I cannot number them but this much I can tell you that if ye do not watch yourselves & your thoughts & your words & your deeds & observe to keep the commandments of God & continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord even unto the end of your lives ye must perish & now O man remember & perish not——
Mosiah, Chapter 3 [Mosiah 5]
Chapter —— And now it came to pass that when King Benjamin had thus spoken to his People he sent among them desireing to know of his People if they believed the words which he had spoken unto them & they all cried with one voice saying yea we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us & also we know of their surety & truth because of the spirit of the Lord omnipotant which hath wrought a mighty chance in us or in our hearts that we have no more disposition to do evil but to do good continually & we ourselves also through the infinite goodness of God & the manifestations of his spirit have great views of that which is to come & were it expediant we could prophesy of all things & it is the faith which we have had on the things which our king hath spoken unto us & hath brought us to this great knowledge whereby we do rejoice with such exceding great joy & we are willing to enter into a covenant with our God to do his will & to be obediant to his commandments in all things that he shall command us all the remainder of our days that we may not bring upon ourselves a neverending torment as has been spoken by the Angel that we may not drink out of the cup of the wrath of God & now these are the words which King Benjamin desired of them & therefore he said unto them ye have spoken the words that I desired & the covenant which ye have made is a righteous covenant & [p. 126]
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